Letter from Joel Doolittle to Cephas Rockwood
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Middlebury July 19 1811-
Dear sir, I wrote you last week, which you have probably recd. [sic] - Some little scraps of business, present which require information; Daniel Foot of Cornwall says that he broât [sic] hay, in the fall of 1809 to settle or nearly settle the de- mand in favor of Jabez Barrows vs him - which he says you recd. [sic] I promised to make the application on that demand, then in Judgt [sic] - is it so? What did you do with the business of Fisk vs Hendrick? Interesting to you, it is said that you entered bail for Lyman Clarke in a suit vs him in the name of | I believe | Luther Blodget who is your C. Ct. [sic] - you had better look to it. the was served here by Moses Leonard s. Depy [sic] - if not in Blodgett, name he is the atty [sic] - July 26 I recd. [sic] yours of 22 by last mail, wish I had more time than is allotted me, to answer It. - I shall not attend Woodstock Sup. [sic] Court. as our C. Ct. [sic] sits the day before that. and yet I am unwilling to relinquish the idea of your being here at court. - I shall have a great many things to say to you. I do not hesitate to tell you as my opinion, that you had better leave Chester + seek a place more congenial to your feelings, if your letter is the expression of your feelings, I cannot but think you spending your time [underline] worse than to no purpose. [/underline] that you are in state of [underline] deterioration, [/underline] | pardon the expression | you must disentangle yourself from those ligaments which confine + gall your best faculties, brake the gordian [sic] knot and
let them free - there are other places than Chester where people can live, the world is wide. look you out a place that suits you, + go to it, + stick close to business, you cant fail of suc- cess- fortune seldom bestows her favor without asking, but always with ÃṖ look on the other side of the picture a little while + the scene will change + present to you enraptured view a thousand flattering prospects; youth, and health, and constitution, and education, and talents, and habits adapted to business, a disposition cal- culated to please, - affability + sociability to acquire + retain friends. - unclogd [sic] with the concerns of a family - none to provide for but yourself - capable of accomplishing whatever you design; + becoming [strikethrough] any [/strikethrough] what you please, the choice of seats in the temple of fame is now offered you, have only to choose, decide, + the work is done. I could if present with you, express my mind more fully. but this [—]tch I leave to you to amplify, + varify at pleasure + leisure, No one in my acquaintance, has more flattering prospects than you. |I being the Judge| I should think you might almost control fate itself. I doubt not but you might get a good living in this town, if the plan suits you better than any other; application would furnish bus- iness - + business cash, + cash all things. |as some say| at least a great many good things. I cant say more [strikethrough] at [/strikethrough] business calls- I shall have to send to woodstock on acct. [sic] of Clarks business - that is cruel beyond description. - write me soon, + tell when you calculate to come - + whether you can be here, to that I can send by you to Woodstock, [—st] of the Court J. Doolittle C L Rockwood Esq.
J Doolittle Esq. [underline] August 3rd 1811 [/underline] [underline] answered [/underline]
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Cephas L. Rockwood Esq. Atty [sic] at Law Chester Vt'
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